Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Sheriff Won't Run Again; He'll Seek New Job after 5 Terms, May Leave Early for One

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Sheriff Won't Run Again; He'll Seek New Job after 5 Terms, May Leave Early for One

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON & TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK - Glynn County Sheriff Wayne V. Bennett announced Friday he will leave office when he completes his fifth four-year term at the end of next year, and perhaps earlier.

"I told my employees I would not run again,'' Bennett said.

Bennett was elected sheriff in 1992, four years after he lost to incumbent Thomas "Slick" Jones by 86 votes.

"I still love my job. I enjoy coming to work. I enjoy serving the public, and I enjoy working with my employees,'' said Bennett, who started his law enforcement career 33 years ago as a patrol officer with the Glynn County Police Department.

Bennett, 55, said it's just time to try something else and that he will continue working somewhere.

"I don't have any plans right now. I'm going to wait and see what comes along,'' he said.

In fact, if some opportunity does present itself, Bennett said he may leave office early. If he does, Undersheriff Ron Corbett would automatically become sheriff. Corbett came to work in the Sheriff's Office as jail administrator while the facility was under U.S. District Court supervision for overcrowding and other conditions. Since then, the county has built a new jail that has also suffered from overcrowding.

Under Bennett's leadership, lawyers agreed to remove the jail from federal court oversight. Bennett overhauled antiquated Sheriff's Office and jail procedures and supervised the modernization of the office.

Bennett said he is making his announcement now to give possible candidates time to organize "so we can get the best possible candidate for our taxpayers."

"We're going to miss him. I've been in courts all over the state, and he's as fine an officer as there is anywhere. He's as good as we've got," Chief Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams said of Bennett, whom she has known since before either were elected to their respective offices. …

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